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Career Services' 2009-2010 Internship Photo Contest

Brock Houston and his photo, "Tagging Sharks," were selected as the winner of the Career Services' 2009-2010 Internship Photo Contest. The finalists were, left to right, Laura Thomas, Devin Aaron and Kelsey Dempsey.

Oct. 11, 2010

Career Services photo contest showcases students' internship experiences

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Brock Houston's snapshot, "Tagging Sharks," took the top prize in the 2009-2010 Internship Photo Contest sponsored by Northwest Missouri State University's Office of Career Services.

Houston, a senior marine biology major from Helena, Mo., spent his summer interning at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab, in Ocean Springs, Miss., near the Gulf of Mexico. He assisted a graduate student with measuring the effects of human impact on pristine and natural salt marsh habitats.

Houston's photo depicts him working with a shark research team in the Gulf of Mexico. The team tagged, measured and weighed sharks to track their growth and migration patterns.

"The work I was doing in the salt-marsh habitats of the Gulf Coast in Mississippi was unlike anything I have ever done before," Houston said. "The experience really taught me a lot about the region and the habitats, as well as how research is done in a laboratory and how graduate school works. I got the opportunity to study a subject very interesting to me, and it helped me set some career goals."

Other photo contest finalists were:

  • Laura Thomas, "Bombs Away" - A senior business management major from Rock Port, Mo., Thomas participated in an internship in Sydney, Australia at the Australian Businesswomen's Network. While in Auckland, New Zealand, Thomas bungy jumped 40 meters from the Auckland Bridge.
  • Devin Aaron, "Meeting the First Lady" - A senior public relations major from Prairie Village, Kan., Aaron interned for Parris Communications, whose owner Roshann Parris has played key roles in the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns. Aaron rode in the motorcade when Michelle Obama visited Kansas City to speak at the NAACP conference. Her photo shows her standing in front of Air Force One.
  • Kelsey Dempsey, "NBC Universal Photography Department Intern" - A senior advertising major from Papillion, Neb., Dempsey interned at NBC Universal in New York City in NBC's Photography Department. Her internship consisted of editing photo shoots, picking photographs for NBC's websites, and assisting with production set-ups and ideas. She took part in production tapings and professional photo shoots.

The annual contest showcases Northwest students participating in unique and engaging internships. Career Services launched the contest during the summer of 2008.

A new contest has opened for all Northwest students participating in internships, practicums, field experiences, directed teaching and field problems. The contest is available for students at worksites now through Aug. 12, 2011.

Photo submissions must include a description that will be judged, along with the student's name and a photo caption. Entries should be no longer than 300 words.

Students can upload photos directly to the Career Services website. Anyone can view the photos on the website, where they can be sorted by year and major. For more criteria, see the Photo Contest page.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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